A NSSE consortium is a group of at least six colleges or universities that participate during the same NSSE administration and append additional questions to the core instrument to explore a topic of mutual interest. Consortia typically form around a shared institutional mission (i.e., urban or religiously affiliated institutions). As part of the consortium question development process, NSSE research analysts review item sets and provide feedback to improve survey item clarity and compatibility with NSSE survey items. Although NSSE considers requests to form consortia with fewer than six institutions (data sharing agreements required), this minimum number of institutions helps guarantee all survey results remain confidential.
Participating in a consortium adds another dimension to NSSE results by providing an opportunity to gather information of local interest. Institutions receive consortium results as one of three Institutional Report comparison groups, as well as their students’ responses to consortium questions in their NSSE data file.
Consortium coordinators receive a Consortium Report with aggregate results, but do not receive any specific institution’s results or data unless institutions submit data sharing agreements.
Similar to standard administration fees, consortium fees are based on undergraduate enrollment. The invoice of each consortium-participating institution includes a fee based on the table below.
|Undergraduate Enrollment||Consortium Fee|
|Fewer than 4,000||$200|
|4,000 to 7,999||$300|
|8,000 to 12,000||$400|
|More than 12,000||$500|
The Consortium Coordinator is responsible for registering the consortium each year. He or she serves as the point of contact for NSSE staff and helps ensure completion of all survey administration details. Coordinators recruit institutions, finalize survey questions, remind eligible and desired institutions to enroll, and coordinate data sharing agreements when necessary. NSSE provides coordinators with ample resources and guidance to accomplish these tasks
Each consortium may add up to 20 consortium-specific questions to the core survey. Coordinators are responsible for submitting questions to NSSE by the September deadline, after which NSSE staff will review and provide feedback.
|NSSE Institutional Registration Deadline||September 25, 2013|
|Consortium/System Registration Deadline||September 15, 2013|
|Consortium/System Survey Item Set Due to NSSE||September 15, 2013|
|Consortium/System Reports Delivered||September 2014|
Administering Consortium Questions with FSSE
Institutions participating in a NSSE consortium have the opportunity to administer consortium items along with their FSSE administration. Administering such items allows faculty responses to give context to the student experience. For more information contact us via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (812-856-5824).